Get Smart

Action Comedy Written by Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember Directed by Peter Segal I approach films based on old TV shows with suspicion, but the comic potential of Steve Carell as Maxwell Smart lowered my guard. But while Get Smart has its charms, it doesn't fulfill that potential by a long shot. Carell wisely … Continue reading Get Smart

New PFA Schedule

The July/August Pacific Film Archive schedule arrived in yesterday's mail. It makes me want to move permanently into that theater. They're running five series this summer, honoring a director, a cinematographer, a novelist, a studio, and an aspect ratio. The studio is United Artists, receiving its yet another 90th anniversary retrospective. But unlike the UA … Continue reading New PFA Schedule